Moscow Police Department Chief James Frye, whose department is leading the investigation into the killings of four University of Idaho students, said during a news conference Wednesday that investigators received a tip about another stabbing incident last year in Salem, Oregon.
In the Oregon case, Travis and Gamelyn Goten were awoken from their sleep at approximately 3:00 am on August 13, 2021, by an unknown assailant attacking them with a knife. Travis fought off the attacker, but was pronounced dead at the scene.
Jamilan sustained 19 stab wounds and other injuries, but he was taken to the hospital and survived. Police do not have a suspect in this attack.
A reporter asked Chief Fry on Wednesday if investigators were looking into any possible connection between the quadruple homicide in Idaho and the Salem attack, noting that both cases involved an unidentified assailant breaking into a home around 3:00 a.m. and attacking sleeping victims with a knife. .
Frey replied, “We’re looking every avenue and we’ve got other agencies reaching out to us about other cases, things we’re going to pursue,” indicating that he was aware of the Oregon case and had received information about it. No official connection has been drawn between the two cases.
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In June 2022, ten months after Travis Goetten was murdered, his family offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of his killer.
An investigator from the Marion County, Oregon sheriff’s office assigned to the 2021 investigation did not respond to questions Wednesday night.
In Moscow, Idaho, more than 100 law enforcement officers from the FBI, Idaho State Police, and the Moscow Police Department are still combing through evidence ten days after the murders of Ethan Chapin, Zanna Kernodel, Madison Maugen, and Kylie Goncalves.
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The four friends returned home around 1:45 a.m. on November 13 and were attacked while they slept for some time between 3:00 and 4:00 a.m., according to police.
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The coroner determined that the four victims had been stabbed multiple times and some had defensive wounds.
Police have not identified the suspect and do not have a murder weapon, but are looking for a “fixed blade knife”.